The DIALOGUE ON EUROPE was initiated by two German organisations, the think tank Das Progressive Zentrum and the German Federal Foreign Office, in the context of a multidimensional European crisis. The aim of the project was to start a dialogue with the countries most concerned by this crisis, i.e. the South-European countries. Thus, the project started with France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Portugal, and Spain. The UK and Poland later joined the process, since several key players of these two countries also expressed the need for such a dialogue.



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#EUROPEANTOWNHALL POLAND EVENT

What future for democracy?

Report #EuropeanTownHall Meeting in Warsaw12 February 2018

One year after the first #EuropeanTownHall Meeting in Warsaw, the second bilateral Polish-German exchange was launched on 12 February 2018. Representatives of academia, civil society, and culture from Germany and Poland met to discuss the rise of populism in Europe as well as possible democratic innovations to address this phenomenon. An open debate with Manuel Sarrazin was concluded with an input by Paul Mason, offering a broader, global perspective.

Sustainable Growth Greece Interview

The Interconnection of Greek islands: Another Perspective on the EU’s Security of Energy Supply and Economic Growth

How Greece's tremendous natural resources could contribute to foster clean energy on a European level9 January 2018 | Vanta-Vasiliki Kyriakou

Greece disposes of considerable natural resources to foster clean energy in the country itself but also on a European level. Yet, this potential remains unrealised to a large extent. The interconnection of the so-called Greek Non-Interconnected Islands (NII) opens up new opportunities in this direction. In this interview, Dr. Theodore Panagos explains the possible economic, social and even geopolitical repercussions.

Populism Social Cohesion Interview

“The European Union is a victim of its own success”

Cas Mudde on the root causes of populism in Europe4 December 2017 | Benedikt Weingärtner
Cas Mudde on Populism in Europe and strategies against it.
© Left: Rio Gandara (Helsingin Sanomat) / Right: Leigh Phillips

Cas Mudde is one of the most renowned experts on political extremism and populism in Europe. He is Associate Professor of International Affairs at the University of Georgia and Researcher at the Center for Research on Extremism at the University of Oslo. In his interview for DIALOGUE ON EUROPE he talks about the structural reasons behind the rise of populist movements all over Europe, the failure of the traditional parties and why tax havens, unlike migration issues, are not part of the political agenda.

Migration & Integration Germany Interview

“There has been a constant neglect of the migration reality”

Interview with Meike Behrends on migration and asylum policy in Germany4 December 2017 | Maria Skóra
© Left: Ineedawsomepics/pixabay / © Right: Private

In 2015, almost one million asylum-seekers came to Germany and the country still has to cope with the repercussions of this development – in social, political and economic terms. Yet, migration and integration is not a new phenomenon to Germany. In this interview, Meike Behrends, an expert on European migration policy talks about the historic development of migration in Germany and how the country’s integration approach has changed during the last decades.

European Thinking Lab Summit Italy Event

Third European Thinking Lab Summit

The Thinking Labs finalised their policy recommendations in Rome13-15 October 2017 | Rome
Photo: Alex&Jacob/ Das Progressive Zentrum, 2017

On 13-15 October 2017, DIALOGUE ON EUROPE contributors from eight European countries met in Rome for the third and last European Thinking Lab Summit. This three-day meeting gave them the opportunity to further discuss the four main topics of the project, namely Migration & IntegrationPopulismSocial Cohesion and Sustainable Growth, and to finalise their policy recommendations for European decision-makers through various work and exchange sessions. (more…)

Sustainable Growth Greece Analysis Opinion

Greek islands going green

Greek islands going renewable and intelligent: a driver for the energy transition in the EU?2 October 2017 | Vanta-Vasiliki Kyriakou
"Power transmission lines" (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) by Oran Viriyincy

Greek non-interconnected islands are small isolated systems bearing the great potential to become autonomous in terms of energy, using renewable and intelligent systems. Is there a potential for small islands to drive Europe’s transition into a sustainable, low-carbon and inclusive economy? What role can Greek islands play in this process?

Migration & Integration Greece Interview

Migration crisis in Greece: the need for a European action plan

An expert interview with Dimitris Varadinis for #DialogueOnEurope2 October 2017 | Maria Skóra
"Refugee Crisis in Greece" - CAFOD Photo Library

Long considered as an emigration country, Greece started receiving immigrants in the 90’s. Over the last few years, the country had to deal with huge number of newcomers and despite the engagement of the social society, it doesn’t have the means to properly assist them. Greek authorities repeatedly asked for the support of the other European member states, which are reluctant to take responsibility.

Migration & Integration France Interview

The French migration policy: a tragic lack of long-term vision

An expert interview with Marie-Laure Basilien-Gainche for #DialogueOnEurope25 September 2017 | Marie-Laure Basilien-Gainche
European Parliament

Marie-Laure Basilien-Gainche comments on the way France and Europe fail to deal with the so-called “refugee crisis”. If some improvements have been achieved, in particular regarding the relocation system, integration remains a major issue, even for second or third-generation immigrants.

Migration & Integration Italy Interview

Adapting to increased immigration: the problems faced by Italy

Insider perspective on working towards integration and refugee inclusion with Valentina Fabbri18 September 2017
"Refugees at Reception Centre in Rome" - United Nations Photo

In this interview for #DialogueOnEurope, Valentina Fabbri highlights flaws and particularities of the Italian system and its effects on refugees living in various capacities in Italy, comparing these to the European context.

Migration & Integration Portugal Interview

Migration and Integration in Portugal: An example to follow?

A look at a country with one of the world's best level of protection for refugees' human rights, by Cláudia Pedra11 September 2017 | Cláudia Pedra
Pedro Ribeiro Simões

Claudia Pedra, Director of the Network for Strategic and International Studies, comments on the way Portugal deals with the refugee crisis. Even in a country with one of the best asylum laws worldwide, integration and tolerance seem to remain problematic issues.

Social Cohesion Opinion

Tackling the exclusion of minorities in Europe

Mentoring: towards a culture of inclusion in Europe24 July 2017 | Hanaé Allali
"Mustang Mentoring 2011" (CC BY-NC 2.0) by bujiie

In Europe we know that Portugal, France and Italy are the most unequal countries according to OECD household incomes.
 In addition to income inequality, inequality of opportunities may result from different types of discrimination, including discrimination based on gender, ethnicity, or religion. Widespread inequalities lead to the exclusion of minorities. Despite the fact that ethnic, cultural and religious diversity is a central feature and value of the European Union minority exclusion still persists in the EU.

European Thinking Lab Summit France Event

Second European Thinking Lab Summit

Successful second meeting of #DialogueOnEurope Contributors in Paris12 April 2017 | Paris | Benyamin Abdülhay, Nicolina Kirby
Photo: Alex&Jacob/ Das Progressive Zentrum, 2017.

Following up on the first European Thinking Lab Summit, which took place in Lisbon in November of last year, and only one month after the last #EuropeanTownHall meeting in London, the DIALOGUE ON EUROPE Contributors gathered again on 24-26 March in Paris for the Second Thinking Lab Summit, hosted by Das Progressive Zentrum in cooperation with our French partner EuropaNova.

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BREXIT Analysis

Does Tony Blair have an answer to Shakespeare’s Hotspur?

Professor Richard Rose analyses the result of the Brexit referendum3 April 2017 | Richard Rose
Photo: Center for American Progress (CC BY-ND 2.0)

Tony Blair’s call to spirits to rise up from the deep to throw off Brexit was worthy of Owen Glendower’s faith in his magical powers. So too is the reply that Shakespeare gave Hotspur: ‘Why so can I or so can any man. But will they come when you do call for them?’ Blair’s cosmopolitan audience showed there are people in the City of London welcoming his call to remain in the European Union. But his talk gave no hint of how troops raised in the Square Mile could successfully capture Parliament. (more…)

Migration & Integration Opinion

Smart thinking is needed to control immigration

Might it be possible for the government to copy Switzerland and focus on internal controls?23 March 2017
Photo: David McKelvey (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Internal controls are a smarter modern way of controlling immigration and should be examined carefully before a unilateral Home Office decision – almost certainly unworkable – turns Article 50 into a train crash.

#EuropeanTownHall UNITED KINGDOM event

How to restart Britain and Europe?

The #MilennialVoices' perspective on the new EU-Britain relations1 March 2017 | Maria Freitas
Workshop at European Town Hall Meeting London 2017, Diaologue on Europe
Alex&Jacob/DPZ, 2017

#DialogueOnEurope organised its eighth Town Hall Meeting in London, on February 27. Policy Network covered the event, publishing the conference’s findings.

#EuropeanTownHall United Kingdom Event

Don’t think it’s all over: How to restart Britain and Europe?

Dialogue on the Future of British-European relations27 February 2017 | London | Bastian Roth
Panel Discussion at European Town Hall Meeting London 2017
Foto: Alex&Jacob/Das Progressive Zentrum, 2017.

Brexit was a wake-up call, especially for young Brits. Therefore, the Dialogue on Europe brought together representatives of the young civil society with parliamentarians and experts from the UK and Germany. Among the guests were Thomas Oppermann, Gloria de Piero, Martin Roth, James Graham and Sonia Sodha. Together, they discussed the future of British-European relations.

Populism France Analysis

Security Pivot Towards a Police State in France

Populisms' Slippery Slope5 February 2017 | Félix Blanc
"Police Francaise - Policía francesa - F" (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) by Oscar in the middle

The first European Thinking Lab took place from 25-27 November in Lisbon. During the Summit, the contributors cooperated within their Thinking Lab and worked out brief policy proposals. Félix Blanc is engaged with the topic of a Security Pivot towards a Police State in France.

#EuropeanTownHall Poland Event

Dialogue On Europe goes East!

#EuropeanTownHall Meeting in Warsaw7 December 2016 | Warsaw

Exactly one year after launching DIALOGUE ON EUROPE, a further bilateral half-day #TownHallMeeting was organized – this time in Warsaw. On December 7th, representatives of academia, civil society and culture from Germany and Poland followed our invitation to discuss possible future scenarios for Europe. Open discussions fed directly into a live conversation about the challenges of European integration and Polish-German relations with Michael Roth, German Minister of State for Europe.

Migration&Integration Spain Analysis

CEAR: Towards a Dignified Life

Report on Discrimination and Persecution on the Basis of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity2 January 2017
© CEphoto, Uwe Aranas / CC BY-SA 3.0

Within this report, CEAR (The Spanish Commission for Refugees) examines the situation of LGBT refugees both within Spain as their host-country and within their countries of origin. The analysis depicts the hardships of refugees that have to experience intersectional discrimination, stemming both from discrimination on the basis of ethnicity and discrimination due to their gender identity and sexual orientation.

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#EuropeanTownHall Poland Event

#EuropeanTownHall Meeting in Warsaw

DIALOGUE ON EUROPE in Poland one year after the first #EuropeanTownHall Meeting7 December 2016 | Warsaw, Poland | Maria Skóra
Foto: Marek und Ewa Wojciechowscy / Trips over Poland, CC BY-SA 3.0

Exactly one year after the first #EuropeanTownHall Meeting in Athens, the DIALOGUE ON EUROPE goes further and takes place on 7 December 2016 in Warsaw. With a European Union at stake, sustainable solutions can best be achieved with the support of a strong and well-connected European civil society.